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Shelvey wants Old Trafford chance

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Liverpool starlet Jonjo Shelvey is hoping to be involved in this weekend's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The 19-year-old midfielder has produced a string of impressive performances for the Reds' reserve team, and was the stand-out performer in Tuesday's emphatic 4-0 victory over Norwich City at the Melwood training ground.

With manager Kenny Dalglish in attendance, the former Charlton Athletic academy graduate is hoping he did enough to get in the Scot's plans for Saturday's trip to the champions, having enjoyed his first experience at the ground in defeat last season.

"Games don't come much bigger. I came on last year there in the FA Cup. It was a great atmosphere to play in," Shelvey told LFC TV online.

"Hopefully I can be on the bench on Saturday, but we'll have to wait and see. It will be a great atmosphere and we'll have a great set of fans (travelling) there.

"It's a stadium you want to play at, along with your Anfields and your Emirates. It was a dream come true to come on for the Liverpool first team at Old Trafford and getting a run out. It was a good experience, even though we lost."

The teenager remains realistic on his senior chances at Anfield, and recognises that the majority of opportunities could come in cup competitions for the Merseyside outfit.

That would mean targeting an appearance in the League Cup final against Cardiff City, as well as featuring against Brighton & Hove Albion in the fifth round at the Amex Stadium on February 19.

Shelvey concluded: "I want to try and play in the FA Cup (against Brighton) and hopefully be a part of the (Carling Cup) final. That would be lovely and something I could tell my grandkids about when I have them in the future!

"I just want to keep pushing on in training every day and try to force my hand. Hopefully I can get a few starts and come off the bench."

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